Must read op-ed: Jeb Bush on immigration reform

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Former Governor Jeb Bush, one of the most respected voices in the Republican Party and a potential presidential contender, rejects the “piecemeal” approach to immigration reform favored by some members of his party in a forthcoming book.

In Wall Street Journal column co-authored with conservative lawyer Clint Bolick, Bush writes that issuing more visas for high-skilled workers or giving legal status to immigrants illegally brought into the country as children is insufficient. Among the prominent Republicans who prefer a step-by-step process is Senator Marco Rubio, a former Bush protégé and another potential presidential candidate.

“Congress should avoid such quick fixes and commit itself instead to comprehensive immigration reform,” writes Bush, whose brother, former President George W. Bush, tried and failed to pass such legislation in his second term.

The column is a preview of a book by Bush and Bolick to be published in March called “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution.”  Bush’s status in the GOP and the book’s release at the same timePresident Obama and Congress are taking up immigration reform means it will likely shape the debate in Washington and possibly provide political cover for wavering Republicans. Bush is scheduled to discuss the book March 6 at the National Press Club in Washington as part of a national book tour.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.